Despite the fact that flying is the safest transportation mode carrying more than 3 billion people safely every year, the aviation industry permanently seeks improvements in technology, processes and skills to decrease the number and impact of accidents. As human factor is a critical point in ensuring safety, training of excellent flight crew is getting more and more important.
Based on our Feasibility Study performed in 2015 and public data, the civil aviation industry is expected to grow by 4-5% between 2014 and 2033. That means the number of passenger planes operated will double in 20 years generating an unprecedented demand for pilots.
To meet this tremendous growth, the 2015 Boeing Pilot and Technical Outlook forecasts that between 2015 and 2034, the aviation industry will need to supply 558,000 commercial airline pilots.
The market of training services and facilities, (including flight simulation training devices) will follow naturally this trend.
The key players in aviation training sector are the main airlines and independent approved training organizations. They are performing courses for cadets and recurrent training for existing pilots.
Although a significant part of the training procedures are kept in certified flight simulation training devices (FSTD), a large number of ATO's does not have their own training devices, they are hiring simulators in training centers located in other countries.
Our aim is to perform the development, design and production of an FNPT II MCC certifiable simulator device which is 100 percent made in Europe, and thanks to the applied innovative technology, create a cost effective solution, that makes available for ATO's to operate certified training devices.
The software side as well as the mechanical side is produced by the two European based companies.
A modern kind of control loading system will be developed and used which allows the setting of all parameters in software.
Also other mechanical friction will be done by control loading allowing the friction to be set as well objectively as also subjectively.
A force measurement system is included on the primary flight controls.
The panel set will be developed with a modern integrated backlighting built into the single panel.
Switch replicas will be developed - especially heavy duty switches such as fire panel, audio control panels.
A special audio box will be developed allowing to setup an intercom system, the call outs for autopilot and ground proximity warnings - all to be software controlled with no hard wiring required.
The device will be completed with a cockpit shell, fiberglass in-liners as well as an instructor station.
Aviation is a strictly regulated sector due to the crucial safety issue. Equipment used in certified pilot trainings need to have certification from aviation authorities (EASA and EuroControl in EU, FAA in the USA). These regulations are hard market barriers for involved technologies not only because of strict technological and operational requirements, but also due to the long process of certification.
However the aim of our EUREKA proposal is to prepare our technology for certification and create the eQTG of the product and initiate the FSTD certification.
We develop the eQTG system, which is a software toolset that can automatically perform the necessary measurements and tests on the training device, and generates documentation to ensure eligibility criterion of authorities.
Future introduction of evidence based training (EBT) in training regime is handled as a fact across the industry. Simulator manufacturers and operators are all preparing for the new regulation and are creating (or even implementing) training programmes fitting the new regime. Frameworks of EBT are wide open. New technologies serving objective data collection are welcome and available to suit into simulation environments. Objective measurement methods of pilots behavior are not present on the market. Currently mostly applied methodology is the observation and judgement of a trainer and the objective recording of the actions the trainee is doing.
We plan to develop a prototype of a performance and procedure monitoring system, that provides additional parameters based on human factors for a flight simulation training device. The device will be able to track performance of pilots during the courses, maintains the procedures that the subjects have to follow. The operation of developed prototype will based on gaze tracking system. This technology will have more importance in the near future of flight training industry, when a new approach, the evidence based training will take part.